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Stencils & Cards

Stencils come in many patterns and sizes and Echo Park Paper has the cutest around!   I have two ideas on how to use stencils on cards, along with the “The Story of Family” Collection.
 For the first card, I’ve taken a scrap piece of white textured cardstock,  the “Branches Stencil”, washi tape and chalks. I started with a yellow  chalk and chalked all of the branches.  Then I added a light green and  dark green to the base of the branches.
 I die-cut two 2.5” circles from the chalked area and matted them with a larger,  3” circle of diagonal striped paper. 

The embellishments were kept simple with just a few stickers and decorative  brads added around the edge of the circles. The second card is made up of the “Leafy Border Stencil” and dark green chalk ink.   For the base, I cut a rectangle from off-white cardstock that’s just a bit larger  than the 3X4 journal card.

 I taped the stencil down over the cardstock with washi tape.  The portion of the leaf border was inked and then the stencil was …

Scripture Calendar

It's that time of year to start thinking about calendars for next year!  Plus they make great Christmas gifts for a secret pal, teacher or friend. I have a simple tag style calendar up at  BELLA BLVD  this week...come take a look at how I put it all together:
It's a great place to jot down favorite scriptures or scriptures to read,  prayer requests, birthdays and special moments!

Frightful Door Hanger

Halloween decorating time is upon us and I have this cute door hanger up on the  PETALOO BLOG
 For the base, I used the Pumpkin Album Die by Top Dog Dies and covered them  in paper from  I used a scroll shaped die for the center and it also acted as a way to attach the two pumpkins together.
 I added two oval shapes to dress up the sides of the ghost die-cut.   The outer edges of the ovals were trimmed with burlap twine that I dipped in  Amethyst Color Shine Spray by Heidi Swapp.  I used a paper towel to soak  up the excess spray and allowed it to dry before gluing into place.

For the flowers, I took three of the Wild Sunflowers and dipped them into  Black Velvet Color Shine Spray.  Again, I used a paper towel to soak up the excess  and then used a heat gun tool to finish drying the sunflowers.
To the center of the sunflowers, I added one of the Beaded Acorn Pick pieces... it added just the right amount of color!  I also used the lea…

Juniper Berry Holiday Cards

With the new look of the Basic Grey Collections, you will find a very specifically  themed design on one side of their patterned papers and a more basic,  everyday pattern on the back, which is especially great for cardmaking!
 For the first card, “Winter Wishes”, I used the pretty sentiment sticker as the inspiration.   Next, I matched up all of the “side B” papers from the Juniper Berry collection and  pulled aside the ones that fit the color scheme of tan, green and black.
 I matted the sentiment sticker with a speech bubble sticker and then die-cut an  oval mat for the bottom layer.  Wanting to incorporate a bit more of the tan color,  I attached the die-cut frame to the bottom right before adding the die cut trees and veneer owl.

 After layering the patterned paper pieces together, I outlined the edge of the tree  paper with black/white twine from the Embellishment Pack.
 For the “Merry Christmas” card, I was drawn to the “quilted star” look of the  “Rooftop Paper”.  I cut out a re…

A "Hocus Pocus" Mini

Halloween, hay rides and autumn festivals are quickly approaching!   Fashion this easy-to-make mini album using just a few sheets of cardstock  and pieces from the “Hocus Pocus” Collection from ECHO PARK PAPER   You’ll have pockets for keepsakes and plenty of room for photos of your favorite goblins!
 The album pages are staggered with the cover page measuring 6X6  and the following pages increasing in size by ½” in height  (page 2= 6.5”H; page 3= 7”H; page 4= 7.5”H).   The 12X12 cardstock was cut to the desired height and left 12”,  scored in the middle and folded in half.

 For the pocket page, a sheet of 12X12 kraft cardstock was cut to 10X12.   The paper was placed on a score board and scored lengthwise at 6 inches.   The paper was turned vertically and scored at 4 inches; this score line was  folded upward to create the pocket.
 The cover decorations include pieces hand cut from the “Journaling Cards” paper,  stickers and pom pom trim. 
On the second page, I didn’t want to use a square jo…

Pumpkin Spice Duo

It's almost time for Fall decorating and today I have this set of pumpkin jars to share at  SIMPLE STORIES

Create this pumpkin duo with your favorite pieces from the "Pumpkin Spice" Collection,  a couple of recycled glass jars and burnt orange acrylic paint!
Before decorating either jar, a generous amount of burnt orange acrylic paint was  squirted into the bottom.  After reattaching the lid (securely), the jar was shaken  and rolled around until the interior was completely coated.  Next, I placed the jars  upside down onto a thick mat of newspaper and allowed the excess paint to drip off.   You may need a sponge brush just to touch up some spots if needed.   I also used a heat tool (or hair dryer) to complete the drying process.
The largest pumpkin is a standard Mason jar size.  To it, I cut a strip of  "Autumn Splendor" paper to 3.75"X12" and taped it in place around the jar with  high tack adhesive.  I used a couple of dies that I had on ha…

Type Set Eye Candy

Basic Grey is revealing a brand new collection, "Type Set"  and it is the yummiest of the yum!
Take a peek at the reveal and a snippet of two projects that I made:

Wouldn't you love to win this beautiful collection?  You could! Just head on over to the Basic Grey Blog and leave a comment on this post by September 13th...the winner will be drawn on the 14th...good luck!

Craft & Create: Holiday 2015

The Holiday edition of "Craft & Create" is now available for download...and it's FREE! Brought to you by  Echo Park Paper & Carta Bella Paper Grab yours here: 
I made this altered treat pail with the "Trick or Treat" Collection from Carta Bella!
I love anything Halloween and most especially vintage or retro Halloween, so this collection is right up my alley!  I can't wait to use even more of it!
All of the projects are fun and amazing, so be sure to 'check it out' for FREE :)

Back-to-School Welcome!

We're kicking off the back-to-school year today at the ECHO PARK PAPER BLOG with a quilted door hanging welcome sign!
It makes a great back-to-school gift for your favorite teacher and the kids can help too.
 Start with the 6X6 Paper Pad from the “Teacher’s Pet” Collection.   Choose as many patterns as you’d like (I chose six).   Cut the papers into 3x3 squares.
 Next, arrange the squares in an alternating design pattern.  Begin attaching  to a piece of 12X12 cardstock until it has been completely covered in squares.   Using a zig-zag stitch, machine stitch between the squares to give it a quilted look.
 Use various Designer Dies from the collection and stickers to create unique  embellishments for the front of the quilt.  The 6X6 Paper Pad is perfect for die-cutting  those smaller pieces…saves those 12X12 papers for larger projects!
 For the pair of scissors, two pieces were die-cut from the same paper and  then layered together with foam adhesive for a fun 3-D…